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Aniplex & Key Tease New Angel Beats! Project


Angel Beats! is one of those titles that’s found a comfortable niche in the fan culture. The blend of comedy, music, action, and truly heart-wrenching drama came together to create a truly special experience for many.

The series was the brainchild of Key Visual Arts’s Jun Maeda and Na-Ga, and created as a co-production with anime studio P.A. Works (Shirobako), and publisher Aniplex. And, from that intial concept came a prequel light novel, three manga, as well as a 13-episode anime series and OVA. To say it’s done well for itself is a bit of an understatement.

It’s certainly not Key’s first title, though. The developer’s been around since 1998, cranking out fan favorite after fan favorite.

Seriously, Key is the creative giant that gave the world Kanon, Clannad, and Little Busters! in the span of eight years.

That said, the company has much to be proud of. In fifteen years, the company’s delivered a truly enviable lineup, and continues to release new titles on a regular basis. To celebrate their achievements, Aniplex and Key are partnering for a new project.

The reveal was made via a countdown on the Angel Beats! website. When it finally reached zero, the page proudly proclaimed that Anplex and Key would host a press conference regarding the future of Angel Beats, in addition to the reveal of a previously unannounced new project.

At the moment, details are scarce. Speculation is You can rest assured, though, that we’ll be here with the details, once they become available.

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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